Daily GK Update 3rd March 2016 Important Current Affairs

1. Parliament passes Carriage by Air amendment Bill, 2015

i. Parliament has passed the Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to empower Union government to revise the limits of liability for airlines and compensation as per the Montreal Convention which India accepted in 2009.
ii. The bill was first passed by the Lok Sabha in December 2015 and later it was passed by the Rajya in March 2016. Now it will go for the Presidential assent as per Article 111 of Constitution.

2. India ranks 90th in terms of energy security, access: WEF Report

i. India has been ranked at the 90th place in a list of 126 countries on the basis of their ability to deliver secure, affordable and sustainable energy.
ii.  It was revealed by Global Energy Architecture Performance Index (GEAPI) Report compiled by World Economic Forum (WEF).

3. CCS gives nod to acquire 2 AWACS from Israel

i. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has cleared a proposal to purchase two Phalcon Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS), surveillance aircrafts from Israel. 
ii. Decision to this effect was taken by CCS meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. This defence deal will cost India 7,500 crore rupees as per a tripartite agreement signed with Israel and Russia.

4. Former NZ cricket captain Martin Crowe passes away

i. Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe passed away in Auckland, New Zealand after a long battle with cancer. 
ii. He was 53 and was suffering from lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. Crowe was widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s best ever batsman and had represented the country from the early 1980s until his retirement in 1996.
iii. In his cricket career, he had played 77 Test matches, 143 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 247 First-class matches. He was right-handed batsman.

5. Poet Dr Bhagwati Lal Vyas selected for 2015 Bihari Puraskar

i.  Eminent poet Dr Bhagwati Lal Vyas has been selected for the 2015 Bihari Puraskar for his anthology of Rajasthani poems ‘Katha Sun Aawe Hai Sabad’ published in 2010. Dr Vyas through his poetry has highlighted the increasing tendencies of commercialization and degradation of human values.

6. Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman won ACM 2015 A M Turing Award

i. Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman were honoured with the Association for Computing Machinery's 2015 A.M. Turing Award.
ii. Diffie and Hellman were given the award for their fundamental contributions to modern cryptography. Their groundbreaking 1976 paper, New Directions in Cryptography, introduced the ideas of public-key cryptography and digital signatures, which are the foundation for most regularly-used security protocols on the internet at present.

7. Delhi became first state to launch HPV vaccine as public health programme in schools

i. Delhi became the first state in the country to launch the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a public health programme for school children.
ii. The HPV vaccine protects people against the group of 150-odd HPVs, some of which can cause cervical cancer.

8. South Korea passed anti-terror bill

i. South Korea's parliament passed the country's first anti-terror bill.
ii. Among almost 300 parliamentary seats, only 156 ruling Saenuri Party lawmakers and one minority party member participated in a vote on the country's first anti-terrorism legislation, which was passed through the National Assembly with 156 in favour.

9. Forbes list of World Billionaires 2016 released

i. Forbes list of World Billionaires 2016 was released. In its 30th annual guide to the world’s richest, Forbes found 1810 billionaires in 2016 compared to 1826 in 2015.
ii. Bill Gates remained as the richest person in the world with a net worth of 75 billion US dollars. He has been No. 1 for 3 years in a row and topped the list 17 out of 22 years. 
iii. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and Head of Amazon, Jeff Bezos made their first appearance in the top ten of Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s wealthiest.
iv. The 31-year-old Zuckerberg added 11.2 billion US dollars in this year and moved up to No. 6 from 16.

10. JLL to launch e-comm platform

i. JLL India, international property consultancy, to venture into e-commerce to market residential real estate. 
ii. This initiative, involving the launch of a dedicated e-commerce platform that leverages JLL’s strong market network, will dedicate a team of on ground expert consultants to close transactions on leads generated online to benefit developers, end users and investors. 
iii. The platform to offer a blend of online-offline services win-win proposition to buyers and developers.


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